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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Giving Thanks on Halloween...

No other night makes me more sentimental for my neighborhood than Halloween night.


Each neighbor brings a different kind of excitement for my four kiddos.
"Do you think the Cox's dog, Maggie will wear a costume?"
"Will Donna have a special treat just for us?"
"Can we see the Johnson's baby?"
"No fair! The Kasten boys are allowed to trick or treat on their own!"
"Armory Street gives FULL SIZE candy bars!"


One of my favorite memories of Halloween night is a phone call from a neighbor across the street. It was a short conversation just as trick or treating was beginning. "Go outside and listen."


It was that magical time of a crisp, cool, fall night- when the light is all orange. Not quite light...not quite dark. My neighbor and I stood in our doorways...listening to the sounds of childhood all around us.























Aaah, magic.


As Halloween approaches, I smile to myself. I know what is coming. They will run to our neighbor's houses like an extension of their own home. I will stand on the sidewalk, with a questionable coffee mug of "cider" in my hand, and I will give thanks.


They've spent their lives sitting on Donna's back porch, listening to her colorful stories.
They've spent their lives eating Mrs. Cox's cookies.
They've spent their lives playing under the Kasten's treehouse.
They've spent their lives shooting hoops at the Lehmann's.
They've spent their lives playing football on the Hendren's front lawn.
They've spent their lives romping through the Youse house.


Thanksgiving is a time for counting your blessings. Around these parts, I count mine on Halloween night.


28 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Kerry, this post made me feel sentimental too. Great photos & writing. You recently stopped by my blog & left a sweet AND FUNNY comment. I've been meaning to come & see you ever since. I really enjoyed my visit & I'm crazy about your profile pic!

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  2. Awwwee.... this is the most beautiful, sweet sentimentally special post! Your pictures perfectly speak the story of childhood!
    Cherish this time... it will be gone in a flash :(

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  3. This is so sweet...it really is a blessing to have a neighborhood that your kids can truly be *KIDS* in! That is really amazing nowadays...great shots of Halloween fun, too!

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  4. Such a warm and fuzzy post filled with wonderful photographs. A special treat for this old grandmother. genie

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  5. That is wonderful! You are lucky to live in such a great neighborhood- not everyone has that!

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  6. This will be a wonderful memory for your children to look back on when they are older.

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  7. Love this post. :) It is so sweet. Great Halloween pics, too!!

    stopping by from "Simple Things"

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  8. LOL - those shots are great. I love the action shots where you can almost see the kiddies running. Very neat. Looks like it was a great night.

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  9. Hi again Kerry, I'm so glad you linked this up to Fab Friday. I feel like this post & these awesome photos could be in Better Homes & Gardens. I'm already following quite a few blogs, but I added you to my list. I just love being here!

    Warmly, MIchelle

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  10. Very cool photos... I'm so in love with the orange leaves. That is a really nice tradition you have going on with your neighbors.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  11. Ok, I just posteed and it vanished, so I will try to repeat myself. I was remarking that in the New England of my childhood, we never got to trick or treat in daylight. It got dark around 5pm and my mother made us wait until after supper to go out. And it was always freezing. Back then, no one went to the mall or Main street to go to safe trick or treating. No one waited until the weekend to trick or treat. It was Halloweenl in the dark or bust! Now that we turn the clocks back after Halloween, kids get a little bit of daylight for trick or treating. And this year, it's a balmy 60 degrees. I remember some Halloweens when we had to wear winter coats and have someone hide them in the bushes while we ran to the door and then shimmy back into them so we didn't freeze!

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    1. This year, our trick or treating is going to feel like your New England Halloweens! We'll have to use your coat trick!
      Thank you for double commenting!

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    1. Halloween makes me all sentimental and mushy!

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  13. Amen! I completely agree because I live in a very similar neighborhood and feel the exact same way. :)

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    1. I had no idea when we bought this house how important our neighbors would become! Thanks, Karmen. Have a great Halloween!

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  14. This is a super sweet post. Now I hate my neighbors. My house is going on the market tomorrow.

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    1. Good timing. A house in our 'hood just went up for sale. I'll tell them it's sold.

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  15. I love all these pics...but my favorite is the stone arch. I, too, enjoy a cup of questionable substance while supervising my trick-or-treaters.

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    1. I knew we were meant to be friends! Thanks, Adrienn!

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  16. Beautiful and now I'm crying. THANKS! But I mean that, thanks.

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    1. I'll be going as "SAPPY WOMAN!" Thanks, Ninja.

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  17. I wanna live in your neighborhood! What a nice, homey and comfortable feel it has.

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